Overview of Hood Canal & Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer-run Chum Recovery Efforts

Following the listing of Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon in 1999, the Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) and local partners started working to restore the population to healthy levels. Their collaborative efforts resulted in a recovery plan that is based on the biological needs of chum salmon in the Hood Canal and eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca watersheds. This recovery work is part of the State of Washington’s regional recovery planning effort for all listed salmon. The HCCC effort was led by a Board of Directors, including the county commissioners from Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties and elected tribal council members from the Skokomish and Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribes. In 2005, the state of Washington designated the Hood Canal Coordinating Council as the regional recovery organization for Hood Canal summer-run chum. In developing a cohesive and robust recovery plan, the Council coordinated with local county staffs and Boards of County Commissioners in Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam counties to design a strategic approach to the protection and restoration of this species.

In June 2005, the Hood Canal Coordinating Council presented its recovery plan for Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon to NOAA Fisheries. The Northwest Region adopted and expanded the recovery plan to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act. The agency's supplement was adopted in May 2007. Together the Hood Canal Coordinating Council plan and NOAA Fisheries supplement comprise the final Hood Canal Summer-run Chum Recovery Plan.